COVID-19 Vaccination Update
The new year is upon us and we thankfully now have a vaccine that will help combat the worst pandemic in modern history. Our visiting staff will have access to vaccination during the month of January and I hope many will accept the opportunity. Details on our vaccination plan are forthcoming and we appreciate your patience. We strongly encourage all employees – in particular those who have direct contact with patients – to receive the vaccine. It is the best way to protect ourselves, our patients, families, and those at high risk for complications of COVID-19.
Clinical trial data of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines show the vaccines are safe and effective after being tested on tens of thousands of adults. These vaccines are mRNA vaccines and do not use the live virus, nor do the affect or interact with our DNA in any way.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the vaccine, email email@example.com
Flu Verification Form
VNACHC requires that ALL direct patient care staff receive an annual influenza vaccination by December 31st – compliance is mandatory. To track employee vaccinations, all direct patient care staff must fill out this form and return it to the drop box at the front desk of either the Guilford or Hamden office. Employees who do not provide direct patient care are asked to participate as well.
Hospice Program Volunteer Coordinator, Jo Ann Begley, oversees a team of dedicated individuals with many and varied skills. Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, our volunteers remained hard at work serving as phone companions and prayer partners, offering guided meditation by phone and Reiki over Face Time. The volunteers sent hand written notes to patients, delivered groceries, and helped with office work that could be completed at home. Outdoor pet therapy visits took place. All of their efforts were well received and greatly appreciated by patients. New volunteers were hired and trained via Zoom and work went on to provide the comfort and compassion patients and families need during this difficult period of their life.
A new program was implemented called “Tuck-In Calls,” for which four volunteers received special training. The focus of their calls – conducted weekly – is to uncover any needs, such as supplies or medications that the patient may have before the weekend. The calls also serve as additional support to the patients and family, especially during the isolating conditions resulting from COVID-19.
Do you want to help create meaningful moments in the lives of others? We offer a variety of hospice volunteer options, including: patient companion/caregiver respite, relaxation therapies, pet therapy, art & music, spiritual support, bereavement, administrative support and vigil support. To learn more, contact Jo Ann at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203.458.5950.
VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice has achieved Level One “We Honor Veterans” status. “We Honor Veterans” is a program of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization, in collaboration with the Veterans Administration to empower Hospice Organizations through education, guidance and resources to be better equipped to meet the unique needs of Veteran patients and, provide them with the best end of life experience possible.
Throughout the month of November, our hospice team presented each Veteran in our care a special framed certificate, specific to their branch of service and a flag pin. Staff reports these personalized “ceremonies” have been heart-warming, as illustrated in this example by Hospice RN Case Manager Jennifer Juntwait: “I brought the veterans certificate to Mr. E. His speech patterns are becoming slightly unclear. But, he was able to say “this means a lot” and placed his hand over his heart. The certificate was very nice. It was meaningful to the patient. Thank you.”
Paid Family and Medical Leave
There is a new payroll deduction which will be required by the State of Connecticut beginning this coming January (2021). You may know that last year, Connecticut passed a new Paid Family and Medical Leave Law. This law requires a deduction of ½ of 1% from everyone’s earnings, including from temporary, part-time, and seasonal employees. Deductions must begin on January 1st, 2021. Paid leave benefits will begin in January 2022.
RxSaver is a website and mobile app that makes comparison shopping for medication very simple. Just enter the name and dose of your medication along with your zip code, and RxSaver will show a list of current pricing at local pharmacies.
Best of all, RxSaver is a service that you can use whether you have health insurance through VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice or not.
Once RxSaver tells you what’s available in the marketplace for your medication, you simply select the best coupon price from the available options. Then there are two ways to redeem your savings:
- Print out a coupon for the price you see and bring it to the pharmacy.
- Show the coupon on your phone to pharmacy staff.
If you are interested in pricing your medication through RxSaver, click on the link below. You’ll need the Client Code: VNANE
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We hope all employees will begin to consider themselves ambassadors of our mission to be beside patients and those in the community we serve at every turn. Keep in mind all the services we offer – not just home healthcare – and how services such as our Caregiver Support Network and wellness programs, hospice, and the work of our affiliates Strong House and LIFETIME, might benefit a patient or their family.
2019 Facts on the Affordable Care Act
Agency Benefit Reward
In 2020, we would like to reward those on our insurance who receive a routine physical, routine eye exam, routine mammogram, routine colonoscopy, or a routine prostate cancer check by issuing a $25.00 Amazon gift card to all participants and their dependents, who are on our plan, and have any of the above mentioned routine exams. To receive your gift card, simply have your physician complete and sign the form below.
OSHA and Regulatory Annual Update
Click on the links below to review the competency for the professional staff to print the competency to complete to return to your manager.
Trust TeleCare is a program provided by the Worker’s Compensation Trust that provides tele-triage services for injured workers through a company called Medcor. With over 200 locations nationwide, Medcor provides immediate information and injury assessment 24/7/365 via the telephone.
Click on the links below to learn more:
EAP Benefit Program
As a gentle reminder, we have two Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) available for VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice employees.
EAP programs are designed to identify and assist you in resolving personal problems, such as marital, financial, health, emotional, family issues, or substance/alcohol abuse that may be affecting your work performance.
Click on the links below to learn more:
Did you know?
VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice has a toll free helpline 1.866.474.5230 that you or your patients can call to get community resources.
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or leave a message.